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The Hypno-Twists

The Hypno-Twists

The Hypno-Twists


The Hypno-Twists smoldered in the searing heat of Phoenix AZ's desert for 3 years, and finally called it a day in 2003. Before that, the band managed to do a few things..such as tour London and record an album at London's ToeRag Studios with Liam Watson (where The White Stripes recorded "Elephant"), have a song included on a Little Steven Garage Comp, play at SWSX 2002, and entertain rabid crowds every week at the then-popular Emerald Lounge (now to become a Starbucks, we heard. Read more on Last.fm
The Hypno-Twists smoldered in the searing heat of Phoenix AZ's desert for 3 years, and finally called it a day in 2003. Before that, the band managed to do a few things..such as tour London and record an album at London's ToeRag Studios with Liam Watson (where The White Stripes recorded "Elephant"), have a song included on a Little Steven Garage Comp, play at SWSX 2002, and entertain rabid crowds every week at the then-popular Emerald Lounge (now to become a Starbucks, we heard..) with their heady mixture of Spaghetti Western music, garage, exotica, and psych. The Hypno-Twists played mostly obscure covers from the 60s, but also had some originals written by guitarists JellyRoll and Bobby Lava Noxious, and drummer PhilthyPhil. Perhaps their strongest CD, "Wicked Eye," is still available for purchase. Where are they now?? All over the place, but mostly still involved with music. In no particular order.. PhilthyPhil lives in NYC, where he started the band Sons of Moon.

The group recorded a cool EP last year with famed producer Michael Deming called "Prepared for that Eventuality," and then played a few shows in the UK, and then took a bit of a break as band members moved to London and Hollywood. Now re-formed and back in NYC where they belong, the band has just completed a new recording and play out regularly in NYC. JellyRoll and Tula live in Philadelphia and started up The Misteriosos (psych rock n roll) about 2 years ago. The band plays often in NYC and Philly, released a self-titled full-lenth CD in October 2005, and has a single coming out on a Northern Star Records (UK) psych comp, as well as radio play on KCRW and Sirius. The 3-piece just finished their second recording "Ten Thousand Aeroplanes" to be released soon. Jimmy Vespa lives in NYC and plays trumpet in very successful gypsy band Mad Juana, also featuring Sami Yaffa from The New York Dolls and Hanoi Rocks.

They have toured Europe/UK/Scandinavia several times and are looking to return soon. The band is signed on Deisel Motor Records. El Tato is in Phoenix, playing with cool jazz/funk collective Sonorous. Sonorous has been getting lots of radio attention of late and has an album called "Somethin Like that." The band plays live around Arizona. Tato is also an accomplished painter and his works are displayed at several galleries. The Hypnotwists maintained a Wednesday evening residency at the Emerald Lounge for several years.

Their style was highly evocative of 60's swinger culture, but also included elements of surf and psychobilly. Their live performances were always crowd pleasers, with the maniacal Jimmy Vespa striking odd poses while not playing trumpet or maracas, and Ms. Sultry Spice providing accompaniment while the remainder of the band shook with the music. The band would also include retro footage in their shows, with clips from such films as Barbarella. http://www.myspace.com/hypnotwists Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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